Ridley Park Resident Pens Book on Pair of Local Baseball Legends

Ridley Park resident Bob McLaughlin has fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming an author by writing a book on Danny Murtaugh and Mickey Vernon, two baseball legends of Delaware County. Photo courtesy of Peg DeGrassa, Digital First Media.

Chester native and Ridley Park resident Bob McLaughlin has fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a published author by penning a book on two local baseball legends, Danny Murtaugh and Mickey Vernon, writes Peg DeGrassa for Delaware County News Network.

McLaughlin, who retired from an Engineering Construction career four years ago, has combined his fondness for writing and sports with his admiration for these two local legends into his first book, entitled Danny and Mickey, Ordinary Heroes.

The book tells the story of the lifelong friendship between Murtaugh, who managed the World Series-champion Pittsburgh Pirates in 1960 and 1971, and Vernon, who was a seven-time American League All-Star and A.L. batting champ in both 1946 and 1953.

The book evolved from an initial screenplay written by McLaughlin, who thought the story would be ideal for the big screen.

“I identify with these two kids,” he said. “We all came from the same background, the same place, and I feel a connected spirit with them.”

Read more about McLaughlin’s book from Delaware County News Network by clicking here.

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